Warner Bros. Head Confident In 2016 Film Slate
The film industry saw record breaking numbers at the domestic box office last year, with $11.1 billion made in ticket sales. However, unless a movie was distributed by Walt Disney Pictures or Universal, chances are it didn’t exactly light up the marketplace. Just nine films crossed the $200 million plateau in the States last year, and seven of them came from those two studios, including massive hits like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World, and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Warner Bros. was one of the many movie houses that struggled to keep up with the Disney and Universal juggernauts. A year after distributing commercial smashes like American Sniper, The LEGO Movie, and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (all of which finished in the top 10 domestically), the studio did not have much pull with audiences in 2015. Their top earner was the Dwayne Johnson vehicle San Andreas, which brought in $155.1 million in the U.S. and $473.7 million globally. That’s nothing to sneeze at, but it could be considered a down year for the studio’s film slate. Luckily for them, things should be up in 2016.